Modern Slavery Statement – 2020
This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by TRIOS to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business operations and supply chain.
This statement sets out TRIOS actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring there is no slavery or human trafficking within our business and our supply chains. Modern Slavery is a serious global issue and we recognize the important role we can play in helping to eradicate it.
TRIOS is a provider of facilities and property related services covering public and private sectors including commercial, health, distribution, leisure and retail markets both on static and multiple sites. It provides engineering solutions including the installation and maintenance of building engineering services, facilities services and building refurbishment.
It is important that everyone working for TRIOS or on our behalf can expect decent working conditions, work freely and receive fair pay in return. Respect for human rights is incorporated into our employment practices and our values.
As a company predominantly offering Engineering Services, our supply chain is characterized by skilled technical contractors and trades. We have a wide range of suppliers and subcontractors supporting our business based in the UK. TRIOS is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities and to ensuring our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have adopted due diligence procedures which are designed to:
• establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
• monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains
• reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains
• provide adequate protection for whistleblowers
We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers and subcontractors adhere to the highest standards of ethics. As such, they are required to sign the TRIOS “Charter for Suppliers and Subcontractors” as part of our due diligence process. The TRIOS Supplier Charter states that suppliers and subcontractors must not use any kind of forced or compulsory labour.
Forced or compulsory labour means all work or service exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which said person has not offered him/herself voluntarily (deemed to include human trafficking and modern slavery).
Within the Charter, TRIOS also expects its suppliers and subcontractors to implement the necessary procedures to ensure that these principles are conveyed to their own suppliers and subcontractors. Any serious or deliberate failure by a supplier or subcontractor to observe the principles set out in the Charter may lead to their exclusion from our approved supplier list.
Relevant internal documents
Whistleblowing policy – TRIOS encourages all its employees and other workers engaged through third party arrangements to confidentially report any concerns of unethical or illegal conduct within the organisation. This is deemed to include any circumstances that may give rise to an increased risk of human trafficking or modern slavery.
Risk assessment and management
When considering a new company to join the TRIOS Approved Supplier List, each business must sign TRIOS Supplier Charter. The Charter contains a statement enforcing that all suppliers agree to abide by the guidelines stipulated by the Modern Slavery Act. Failure to sign the Charter results in a block to approval.
Suppliers will periodically be asked to certify that they conform to the expectations described in the Charter and all materials incorporated into their products comply with the laws regarding human trafficking and slavery of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
As part of TRIOS standard Terms and Conditions reference is made to compliance to the Modern Slavery Act. Failure to accept these terms is also grounds for contract review.
Key performance indicators
TRIOS will use key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been in highlighting to our supply chain our core policies and procedures related to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act, to seek to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of our businesses or supply chains. The KPIs used to measure against will be subject to ongoing review by the Board to ensure their continued effectiveness.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to all relevant members of staff and an ongoing training programme is in place to ensure continued compliance.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes TRIOS slavery and human trafficking statement for 2020/21.